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We’d like to extend a big welcome to all of the competitors, coaches, cheerleaders, dance teams, pep bands, chaperones, family members and friends who are in Ketchikan this week for the Region V 2A, 3A and 4A high school basketball tournament that starts Tuesday in Ketchikan High School’s Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

More than 600 students and chaperones are anticipated to attend, arriving in the First City from communities throughout Southeast Alaska.

That’s a lot of folks. Kayhi has worked diligently to coordinate housing, and the Ketchikan community has come through — once again — to help accommodate attendees.

We’re proud of Ketchikan’s ability and willingness to host an event of this magnitude. The Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium is one of the finest sports facilities in Alaska. Pair that with the can-do sprit of Kayhi’s staff and the many volunteers and others who assist in the tournament, and you have a solid foundation for a great event.

We wish all of the student athletes, cheerleaders, dance team members and pep band musicians well this week. Successfully participating in school activities in addition to academics takes dedication, focus and hard work. We hope this Region V tournament results in positive memories for all participants.

Again, welcome to Ketchikan. We’ll look forward to seeing you up at Kayhi this week.

Time to play some basketball.